The Untold Truth About Kumail Nanjiani’s Wife, Emily V. Gordon

March 22, 2024
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Who is Emily V. Gordon?

Emily is an Academy Award-nominated writer, producer, and actress, best known to the world for her work on the romantic comedy-drama “The Big Sick” (2017) as a writer and producer, but she’s also known as the wife of Pakistani-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani.

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Emily V. Gordon Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Emily Vance Gordon was born on 3 May 1979, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, the daughter of Terry Gordon and his wife, Beth. There is no information on whether she has any siblings or not.

After finishing high school, Emily enrolled at East Carolina University, from which she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She furthered her studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, from which she has an MS/Eds in couples and family counseling.

Counseling Career

Before Emily made a name for herself in Hollywood, she was a practicing therapist, putting her degrees to good use. She started out of North Carolina, and then moved to Chicago, Illinois in 2005. After a couple of years, her subsequent work area became Brooklyn, New York.


Comedy and Writing Career Beginnings

After being exhausted from her work as a therapist, Emily made her way into the comedy club, Comix, where she teamed up with Pete Holmes to create and produce a live show. Her career as a comedian and writer progressed, and she was freelancing at the time when she moved to Los Angeles.

In 2010, together with her husband and Jonah, Ray created a weekly live show, They performed their comedy routines in the back of the comic bookstore Meltdown Comics. She became the program director when Chris Hardwick turned the space into a proper comedy venue.

She struck a deal with Disney and wrote two web series intended for the teenage public, entitled “Power Up” and “ExploreD” in 2012 and 2013.

Thanks to the popularity of “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail”, Comedy Central ordered a pilot episode in 2013. The show premiered in 2014 and aired until 2016. Emily was the executive producer and writer.

She contributed to the second season of “The Carmichael Show” in 2014 by writing one episode, aired on NBC, which follows a stand-up comedian who navigates through life with his therapist-in-training girlfriend. The series stars Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, and Lil Rel Howery.

Rise to Prominence

Kumail and Emily’s life turned upside down when their debut feature came out. The two co-wrote and co-produced the romantic comedy-drama film “The Big Sick”, based on their relationship beginnings, how they met, and how Emily fell seriously ill and had to be put into a medically induced coma. Doctors discovered that she had Still’s disease, a rare autoinflammatory system disease, whose symptoms are fever, joint pain, and a salmon-colored bumpy rash. Three months later, she’d recovered and the two married.

In the film, Kumail portrayed himself while Emily was played by Zoe Kazan. Other stars included Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, and Zenobia Shroff.

The film won numerous awards and earned the couple an Oscar nomination in the category for Best Original Screenplay, and Emily won the Independent Spirit Award in the category for Best First Screenplay.


Emily emerged as a star writer following the success of “The Big Sick”. In 2018 she was the staff writer on Pete Holmes’s comedy series “Crashing”, which follows a New York comedian who is forced to start anew when his wife leaves him.

Next, in 2020, Emily and Nanjiani teamed up again. This time they decided to bring true stories featured in the Epic Magazine in the TV comedy-drama series “Little America”. She received a BAFTA nomination for her work.

Most recently, she has produced the TV biopic series “Welcomed to Chippendales” (2022-2023), which tells the story of Somen ‘Steve’ Banerjee, an Indian American entrepreneur who created the stripper troupe Chippendales. Her husband stars as Somen Banerjee.

Net Worth

According to sources, Emily V. Gordon’s wealth is estimated at $4 million as of late 2022.

Personal Life, Dating, Married, Husband, Children

Emily was married before, however, there’s no information on this in the media. Emily and Kumail Nanjiani have been married since 14 July 2007. The couple resides in Los Angeles, after previously having lived in Chicago and Brooklyn, New York. They don’t have children.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Emily V. Gordon has light brown hair and blue eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.7m), while she weighs approximately 130lbs (59kgs). Her vital statistics are unknown, but she has an average figure.


Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia

Throughout her career, Emily has contributed to several magazines, including Dame, The Daily Beast, Premiere, GQ, New York Times, Bust, and Atlantic, among others.

She published the self-help book entitled “Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero” in 2015.

Emily V. Gordon Husband, Kumail Nanjiani Short Bio

Kumail Ali Nanjiani was born on 2 May 1978, in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, the son of Aijaz Nanjiani and Shabana. He attended St. Michael’s Convent School, and later matriculated from Karachi Grammar school. He moved to the USA when he was 18 years old, and enrolled at Grinnell College in Iowa’s small town of the same name. He double majored in computer science and philosophy, then moved to Chicago, where he started performing stand-up comedy.

His comedy routine led him to New York and Los Angeles, and he soon made his first appearance in the shows “Michael & Michael Have Issues” and “The Colbert Report”.

His career slowly progressed, but he failed to make any big impact as an actor in his early years. He was typecast as a Pakistani man working menial jobs in many films and TV series, however, after the success of “Big Sick”, he started getting more prominent roles.

He co-starred in the comedy film “Fist Fight”, with Ice Cube, Charlie Day and Tracy Morgan in the lead roles, while in 2019, he starred as Stu in the action-comedy film “Stuber”, which follows a detective and his Uber driver as the two head into an unexpected night of adventure, co-starring Dave Bautista and Mira Sorvino.


Furthermore, he starred in the action comedy film “The Lovebirds” with Issa Rae, as the two are embroiled in a murder mystery, and then featured in the award-winning fantasy action-adventure film “Eternals”, which starred Gemma Chan, Richard Madden and Angelina Jolie.

According to sources, Kumail Nanjiani’s net worth is estimated at $8 million, as of late 2022.

Martha Clifford

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